Fans think Taylor Swift may have named her next collaborator

There are no limits to Swift's investigative tactics — not even Taylor Swift's Time Person of the Year interview. Fans have been paying close attention to the cover story in search of the singer's infamous Easter egg, and some fans think they've discovered some clues about her upcoming "Taylor's Edition" album.

According to a trending TikTok theory, Swift may have subtly revealed the artists who may be featured on her next project, mentioning their names in a story that could mean a lot to her career. evidence? It's an Easter egg tactic she's used before to hint at collaborators.

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Fans believe Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney and Paul McCartney may be working with Swift on her next project. After releasing "1989" (TV version) in October, Swift was left with just two albums to re-record, her 2006 self-titled debut and 2017's "Reputation." With the exception of 1989 , all of her "Taylor Edition" remastered albums have featured featured artists.

Swift began the interview by recalling that when she was 17, she was scheduled to open for Chesney, but after a beer company came on board as a sponsor, she was no longer able to join the tour due to her age. But at her 18th birthday party, Chesney's promoter handed her a card from the country singer.

Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift, 2007. Rick Diamond/WireImage/Getty Images

"I'm sorry you can't come to the tour, so I want to make it up to you," he wrote. Inside, as Swift put it, was a check for "more money than I've ever seen in my life." “I was able to pay the band bonus,” she said. "I was able to pay for the tour bus. I was able to fuel my dream."

She then cited Clarkson as a huge motivator in her decision to re-record her first six albums in an effort to regain her status as a master. "I met Kelly Clarkson and she would say, 'Do it again,'" she recalled. "My dad said that to me all the time. I would look at them and think, 'How could I possibly do that?'"

At the end of the interview, Swift showed off a note from McCartney she had framed in her bathroom, which included the Beatles lyrics: "With these broken wings, learn to fly."

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Fans think Swift may have subtly dropped the names of her future collaborators because she's done it before. Back in 2019, Swift penned an essay for Elle about her connection to pop music and the memories of her favorite songs, some of which happened to be by artists who appeared on her 2019 album Lover "Created by artists in " .

"To this day, when I hear [The Chicks]' 'Cowboy Take Me Away,' I'm instantly reminded of what it was like to be 12 years old, sitting in a small, wood-paneled room in my home in Pennsylvania," she wrote . The Chicks put their famous harmonies on Swift's melancholic ballad "Soon You'll Get Better."

Brendon Urie and Taylor Swift in 2019. Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

She pulled the same trick with Panic! At The Disco singer Brendon Urie sang the album's lead single "ME!" "When I heard Panic's "I Write About Sin Not Tragedy"! At the disco, I felt like I was sixteen again, the same person I was most... Best friend Abigail drove down the streets of Hendersonville, Tennessee, screaming the lyrics with excitement," she wrote.

The difference between Swift's Time interview and these Easter eggs, however, is that her Elle feature was an entirely self-written article rather than a traditional journalistic interview. This means she has more time to create her own Easter eggs, which might not be as easy in a spoken dialogue.

That said, never underestimate the power and planning abilities of Swift.